Loveday is a town and locality[2][3] in the Riverland region of South Australia, located south of Barmera and near the Murray River. Administratively it is part of the Berri Barmera Council LGA. At the 2006 census, Loveday had a population of 1,071.[1]

History

Located east of the Moorook Game Reserve, Loveday was known for its Internment Camp during World War II.[4] The camp was established in 1941 and was one of the largest in Australia, covering approximately 180 hectares.[5] Italian anti-fascist activist Francesco Fantin was killed there by a fellow internee. The camp was closed in December 1946.

The Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum has a substantial display devoted to the Loveday internment camp, maintained by the National Trust (check their website for open days).

The historic Loveday Internment Camp General Headquarters Site in Thiele Road and Brick Boiler Stack, Loveday Irrigation Scheme Pumping Station in Morris Street are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[6][7]

Loveday was named after Ernest Alfred Loveday, a surveyor in the South Australian Irrigation Department.[8]

Today Loveday is a popular 4 x 4 adventure park.[9] Loveday is close to the Murray River lagoons, known as the "Loveday Lagoons".

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Loveday (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b mMcEwan, A. Lyell. (1 February 1940). "TOWN OF LOVEDAY" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 382. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Lawson, Robert (12 August 1999). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign Names and Boundaries to Places" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 765. Retrieved 31 March 2019. DO HEREBY assign the names OVERLAND CORNER, COBDOGLA, LOVEDAY, BARMERA, WINKIE, KATARAPKO, MONASH, GLOSSOP, BERRI, GERARD and SPECTACLE LAKE to those areas within The Berri Barmera Council (sic)
  4. ^ "Loveday Project". Wordpress.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Loveday, South Australia (1941–46)". National Archives of Australia. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Loveday Internment Camp Site - General Headquarters site". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Brick Boiler Stack, Loveday Irrigation Scheme Pumping Station". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Loveday 4x4 Adventures". loveday4x4adventures.com. Retrieved 9 December 2009.

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